The first Constitutional Knowledge Bowl is under their wing. The Education Committee of the Whatcom Tea Party have a lot to be proud of and the student competitors even more to be proud of. They all delivered an entertaining and informative event last Saturday afternoon. For a brief recap of the event and results, Maddie Baines has captured the event for posterity.
~ Kris Halterman
Constitution Knowledge Bowl – Report
Despite the Seahawks play-off game and wet and windy weather, the audience gathered at the Rome Grange in support of student contestants aged from 10 to 14 years of age. After an introduction by Karl Uppiano, President – Whatcom Tea Party, Paul Johnson led a fine rendering of our National Anthem.
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In a closely matched competition, students answered questions that apparently stumped many of those in the audience. Student contestants came from Ferndale, Bellingham, Oak Harbor and Deming to compete for both individual and team honors. The teams were formed through private and home schooled scholars. There was no public school representation at this year’s Constitutional Knowledge Bowl competition.
Judging teams were assigned for three different phases of the competition:
- Short essay; “Why does the Constitution matter to me and my Country?”
- Quick individual quiz.
- Team essay responses to a preset researched question.
The students demonstrated that they recognized the content of the “7 Articles of the Constitution” and showed a level of competency for the principles within the “Bill of Rights.”
A scorekeeping team tallied totals ranging closely from 82 to 93 out of a possible 100 points, the winning team being from Bellingham Christian School. Quizmaster Hugh Foulke created the questions which were displayed simultaneously to the contestants and audience by Power Point, thanks to the efforts of Jacob Deschenes. The winning Team and Emcee Hugh Foulke, were presented with attractively designed plaques, gifted by Laser Point Awards. Each team received privately donated cash prizes and coupons from local businesses; Cruisin ‘n’ Coffee, Subway, Menchies Yogurt and Crazy Mikes video. Each student received a quality print of the U.S. Constitution.
Well done students, guardians of our future!
Submitted by Maddie Baines